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This tutorial will give you some pointers on how to shade and color a rose in PSP...
I hope!  I've provided a zip file of the assembled petals.
Each is on its own layer so that you can work on them separately.

Please keep in mind that I've never had a drawing lesson in my entire life,
and this is just how I see things.  Feel free to play around with any of
the guidelines I give here, because Heaven knows that you're likely
to come up with something much easier than the way I do things!

Let's get started!

You'll need PSP 6 or 7 if you prefer to do your own drawing with vectors.  PSP 5 will likely work if you choose to use the zipped petal graphics.  You can download them here.

You'll also need WinZip to unzip the petals. You can download a copy here.

Step  1

If you're using the zipped petals, shift D to copy , and close the original.  Flood fill each petal with (or colorize to) a very pale shade of a color you like.  Here's the color palette I used.  You're welcome to use it if you'd like.  I also used white, but it doesn't show up on here...didn't think of that!  LOL

I found it easier to do some of the shading if I had the entire rose showing.  It enabled me to see how far to take the shading when there was another petal on top of the one on which I was working.

Step  2

Once you've flood filled or colorized each of the separate petals, we'll start with Petal 1.
Click inside the petal with your magic wand, then go to selections-->modify-->expand by 1.  Keep selected, and add a new layer.  Do not deselect.
Use your airbrush (the little spray can on your toolbar) with the settings below,

and spray some color into your petal.  Start at the bottom, where the petal joins the rest of the flower, making it darker and getting lighter as you advance toward the outer edge, as below.  Do not 

Step  3

Now go to 'image-->blur-->gaussian blur, and set it to about 5.  This softens your shading.  If you find that it doesn't look as soft as you'd like, hit undo, and try a higher setting on your gaussian blur until you find the look that suits you.  Keep in mind, though, that at some point, the shading color may just dissipate if you use too high a setting on the blur.

Step  4

Now that you have the shading done, go to your retouch tool (the little hand with a pointing finger), and use the smudge brush set as follows:

Smudge small wisps of darker color into the light parts of your petal.  When you want larger areas pulled into it, raise the size of your smudge tool to 5 or 6.  You should have something like the image below when you're done, although you may prefer more than I have here.  Remember, though, that flower petals are not flat...they tend to follow round lines, so keep your motion with the smudge tool curved to follow the outline of what you're coloring at the time.  In this case, I want the petal to curve out away from the flower, so I'm smudging in a rounded motion to the left, then curving in toward the inside as I reach the part of the petal that curves inward. 

Make all layers invisible except the line drawing layer and the coloring layer for this petal, then go to layers...merge...merge visible.


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